Sports  April 24, 2014
Yankee Pineda handed 10-game ban
Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, MassachusettsNew York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was slapped with a 10-game suspension Thursday, a day after being ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox for using pine tar.The ban will likely mean that Pineda will miss two Major League Baseball starts. He is 2-2 with a 1.83 run average in four starts for the Yankees this season.Pineda, who admitted...  Full Story
Benfica, Sevilla strike first
BenficaBenfica and Sevilla grabbed vital first leg leads in their Europa League semi-final clashes on Thursday leaving Juventus and Valencia to try and claw back deficits next week.Brazilian striker Lima struck a wonder goal with six minutes remaining as Benfica edged Juventus 2-1 in Lisbon while Sevilla hit two first-half goals to see off La Liga rivals ...  Full Story
Phelps savors triumphant return
Michael Phelps warms up in the practice pool during day one of the Arena Grand Prix at the Skyline Aquatic Center on April 24, 2014 in Mesa, ArizonaOlympic superstar Michael Phelps cruised out of retirement on Thursday, clocking the top qualifying time in the 100m butterfly at the Mesa Grand Prix, his first race in 20 months.As so often in a storied career that included 22 Olympic medals -- 18 of them gold -- Phelps made it look easy, powering to a comfortable win in the final heat in 52.84sec...  Full Story
Nadal safely into Barcelona Open quarters
SpainWorld number one Rafael Nadal maintained his quest for a ninth Barcelona Open title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 over Ivan Dodig on Thursday, racking up his 42nd win in 43 matches at the tournament.The 13-time Grand Slam champion has been far from happy with his form in recent weeks, but after a slow start had far too much for the world number 37 as...  Full Story
I'm still Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong says
A picture taken on February 28, 2011 shows US cyclist Lance Armstrong attending a press conference in Los AngelesLance Armstrong, in a rare interview, says he still considers himself a Tour de France champion despite his spectacular fall from grace for using performance-enhancing drugs.Armstrong -- stripped of his record seven Tour titles -- told Outside magazine he thinks his fellow competitors would agree he genuinely won cycling's greatest event."Yes, I fe...  Full Story
'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking
"The Chosen One" banner hangs at the Stretford End during the English Premier League football match in Manchester, northwest England, on March 29, 2014The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford.Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history.After bei...  Full Story
Missing Giro was my choice, says Porte
Richie Porte from Australia waves to the crowd on the podium after stage 5 of the 2014 Tour Down Under cycling race at Willunga Hill near Adelaide on January 25, 2014Australian Richie Porte has revealed that it was his decision rather than Team Sky's to take him off their Giro d'Italia team in May.Sky announced their nine-man Giro team on Thursday, with Briton Peter Kennaugh, Dario Cataldo of Italy and Belarussian Kanstantin Siutsou leading the British team, who will be aiming for stage wins rather than overall...  Full Story
Scolari reveals some of World Cup squad, lauds Neymar
Brazilian national football team coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari speaks on April 24, 2014 in Sao Paulo, BrazilBrazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Thursday revealed eight of his squad for the World Cup, including four skippers, while adding he has no concerns with the form of striker Neymar.Two weeks before officially unveiling his final squad, Scolari said he was appointing Thiago Silva of Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea's David Luiz, Julio Cesar of MLS side ...  Full Story